GTX 1080 Intro
Hello everybody, today we are going to talk about NVIDIA’s Flagship GPU, the GeForce GTX 1080. Not just any GTX 1080 more specifically we are talking about EVGA GTX 1080 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0 “GP104”. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 is a GPU based on the NVIDIA pascal microarchitecture “the successor to maxwell” using the GP104 chip.
Pascal microarchitecture was introduced in April 2016 with the GP100 chip. Which was implemented by NVIDIA’s Tesla P100 “The most advanced data center GPU ever built”. One month, later on, may 27th 2016 the GP104 chip was released. To be used on GEFORCE GTX 10 series cards.
GP104 chips are on a 317mm2 die and house 8 billion transistors! now compare that to the NVIDIA TITAN X released one year prior, using the maxwell microarchitecture, on a 601mm2 die with 8 billion transistors. Talk about innovative, NVIDIA has effectively cut the size of their dies in half and kept all the transistors.
This is mainly possible due to the utilization of Ultra-fast FinFET technology. FinFET “Fin Field Effect transistor” is a non-planar or 3D transistor used in the design of modern processors/memory modules, built on a SOI “Silicon On Insulator” substrate.
FinFET designs also use a conducting channel that rises above the insulator creating a thin silicon structure shaped as a Fin which is called the gate electrode. This specific electrode allows multiple gates to operate on a single transistor. Using this multiple gate process allows semiconductor manufacturers to create GPU’s and memory modules that are, smaller, faster, and consume less power.
The NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU comes equipped with some of the most advanced technology on the market, with the introduction to pascal architecture to the utilization of Ultra-fast FinFET, NVIDIA has really outdone themselves with this one. NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 FOUNDERS edition is listed at 699.99$ while EVGA has created a few different versions of the GTX 1080 with prices ranging from 619.99$ to 779.99$. I’ve listed all the different models and price points for EVGA’s GTX 1080 video cards below.
EVGA GTX 1080 Cards
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming – 08G-P4-5180-KR 619.99$
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING ACX 3.0 – 08G-P4-6181-KR 619.99$
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 – 08G-P4-6183-KR 649.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW DT Gaming ACX 3.0 – 08G-P4-6284-KR 649.99$
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 – 08G-P4-6286-KR 679.99$
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FOUNDERS EDITION – 08G-P4-6180-KR 699.99$
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 HYBRID GAMING – 08G-P4-6188-KR 699.99$
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW HYBRID GAMING – 08G-P4-6288-KR 729.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 CLASSIFIED GAMING ACX 3.0 – 08G-P4-6386-KR 749.99
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING HYDRO COPPER – 08G-P4-6299-KR 779.99$
Interestingly the acronym FTW in certain EVGA products stands for “For The Win”. And they most certainly are going for the win on this one. EVGA FTW model cards are designed with higher clock speeds and are more likely to push the limits of overclocking compared to a standard reference card.
On the next page, we will talk about EVGA as a company, how they operate, what they stand for and more importantly how they made the GTX 1080 their own. So keep reading we still have a lot to go over.